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Big money moves always steal the headlines in the transfer window, and we can all list the most expensive, disastrous and downright scandalous permanent transfers of yesteryear.
But what about the extravagant loan movements? A selection of players have traveled the soccer pyramid or abroad when they were young before hitting it big, leaving some unorthodox entries in their illustrious professional histories.
Let’s take a look at the most dishonest, obscure, and forgettable loan moves.
With 146 goals to his name, Teddy Sheringham is one of the best scorers in the history of the Premier League. He is a treble with Manchester United, former Premier League golden boot winner and has been caps 51 times with England.
However, the forward’s first piece of silver was Norra’s Division 2 title (the fourth Swedish tier) in 1985.
Sheringham began his senior career with Millwall, but before landing a starting job with the then-third tier team, he was loaned out twice as a teenager: first to Aldershot and then to Djurgardens. He would score 13 goals in 21 appearances for the Swedish team en route to winning the league title.
Les Ferdinand had a tricky journey to the top, starting out of the league before drawing the attention of QPR and then scoring 149 Premier League goals in spells with players like Newcastle and Tottenham.
Despite such a prolific career in front of goal, Ferdinand would hang up his boots with just two winner medals, the first of which came during a loan stint with Turkish giant Besiktas when he was 21.
The forward joined the club temporarily from QPR. He scored 14 goals in 24 league games and was part of Besiktas that won the 1988 Turkish Cup.
Frank Lampard is the highest-scoring midfielder in Premier League history and one of Chelsea’s most iconic players. But before achieving success with the Blues, and before he even made his senior debut at the West Ham childhood club, the 17-year-old Lampard spent four months in Swansea. The worst sabbatical in history.
This was not the sexy Swansea of Roberto Martinez or Brendan Rodgers either. This was in 1995. The Swans were embroiled in a relegation battle in the third division and were playing at their less glamorous old home in Vetch Field.
Lampard made nine appearances for Swansea, scoring his first all-time goal and leaving in January before the Welsh side fell. He did not let the scars of his descent have too detrimental effect on his career.
Peter Crouch from the early 1990s is the king of dishonest loans. During his time at Tottenham as a teenager, he had a brief stint with the Swedish third division team IFK Hassleholm, but this is enhanced by his loan period prior to that; six appearances for London’s hipster football club, Dulwich Hamlet, at the seventh level of English football.
Dulwich Hamlet has earned a cult following thanks to its left-wing activist fan base, lovers of craft beer. They’ve had a real popularity boom over the past seven years, becoming one of the best-supported teams outside of the league.
Crouch once scored for the then Isthmian League Premier Division club when he played for them more than two decades ago, before Dulwich Hamlet was great, some may say. I can’t be more hipster than that.
Chelsea legend John Terry is famous for being a single club player aside from the last season he had with Aston Villa and the loan stint he enjoyed at Nottingham Forest as a 19-year-old.
With Frank Leboeuf and Marcel Desailly ahead of him in the Stamford Bridge pecking order, Terry joined second-division Forest in 2000 and made six appearances for the club, which remained undefeated with the future England captain at the rear.
Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli was reportedly poised to sell Terry that summer, and Forest was one of the interested parties after his impressive loan out. But the center-back was determined to stay at Stamford Bridge and the following season he broke into Chelsea’s first team and was named the club’s player of the year.
It’s strange to imagine Ryan Shawcross as more than just a Stoke City center half. Can you visualize it as a child? No, you can only imagine Ryan Shawcross in red and white stripes at Bet365 Stadium defending a corner.
Miraculously, the center-back has represented other teams. He was a member of Manchester United’s youth team, and as a youngster at Old Trafford he was loaned to the Belgian team Royal Antwerp for half a season.
A beautiful city on the banks of the Scheldt river and steeped in history and culture, it is not the first destination you would choose for a sensible defender. Shawcross scored three goals for Antwerp and helped them reach the Belgian Second Division playoffs.
Kyle Walker has been loaned out four times in his career, and each move gradually became more ordinary.
Fortunately, it started off absolute cracker, as 18-year-old Walker and his afterburners made their way to League One team Northampton Town before breaking into Sheffield United’s first team.
The full-back appeared nine times with the Cobblers, more first-team appearances than he had made for Sheffield United when he earned his move to Tottenham in 2009.
A footballer who would finally spend the best years of his MLS career being loaned out to the Championship as an underprivileged youth in Tottenham is not that rogue.
But in May 2008, Giovani dos Santos scored a hat-trick for Barcelona in a 5-3 win over Real Marcia, lining up alongside Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Xavi and Samuel Eto’o. Ten months later, he was practicing his trade with Alex Bruce, Ben Thatcher and Alan Quinn on Portman Road for Ipswich in the Old Farm derby.
The 19-year-old shone in Suffolk, scoring four goals in eight games and, unsurprisingly, sporting an absolute class apart.
A decade before Jordan Henderson captained Liverpool to Champions League glory, he had yet to land a starting spot at Sunderland and was sent to the 19-year-old Coventry championship team.
Henderson made ten appearances for the Sky Blues and scored his first senior goal, in addition to earning his first call-up for the England youth setup.
The midfielder also wrote an article for Coventry Live during his time with the Midlands team, detailing how he was adjusting. It’s very endearing, but it does look a bit like a GCSE French assessment.
“My dad’s name is Brian and my mom’s name is Liz and they both support Sunderland” is our favorite line.
Is it common knowledge that England international Eric Dier was on loan to Everton as a teenager?
The defender spent 18 months in Merseyside between the ages of 17 and 18 and appeared for his U-18 team without making a senior appearance.
However, Dier admitted that he found himself adjusting from life in Lisbon to life in Liverpool. hard. He broke into Sporting CP’s first team shortly after returning to Portugal.
18-year-old Jack Grealish and his big calves spent the 2013/14 season on loan to Notts County in League One from Aston Villa.
He contributed five goals and seven assists while helping the Magpies pull off remarkable survival work in the closing weeks of the season, and then-county chief Shaun Derry praised Grealish and his loan partner Callum McGregor for the roles. that they interpreted. juice.
“Some guys come out on loan and they don’t care too much about what happens to their new club because they know they will go back to the old one,” Derry told the Nottingham Post. “However, Callum and Jack weren’t like that. We would never have stayed up without them.”
Harry Maguire’s first attempt at the Premier League was a very unglamorous affair; He made three appearances and was loaned out to the Wigan championship team for the second half of the season when Hull was relegated. And Wigan was also relegated.
A successful season in every way.
Just three years later, Maguire was one of the unconventional heroes of England’s 2018 World Cup semi-final squad, before landing a huge transfer to Manchester United the following summer.